Pichinku: Naturally Dyed Andean Yarn

Americas | ISSUE 01
by Louise Deglin

Nestled in the heart of the Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley, outside of he city of Cusco (Peru), Pichinku isa grass roots project that rings together ancestral knowledge , specialied artisanal skills, and local biodiverisyt to creat naturally dyed yarns. This successful venture relies on the work of devoted specialists Santusa Mamani Huallpa, Angela Mila Huallpa and Ubaldina Laime Mamani under the leadership of Dana Blair, a determined woman from the U.S. who decided to take action to bring support and recognition to the world of Andean textile-making [...]

Photo: Fibers in a chilca dye bath © Diego Del Rio | Pichinku Fibers

Read the full article in Convergence #1